A daily guide to what's happening in the Catholic Church

It’s a heresy to claim that “the Church is only the Church of the pure“, Pope Francis told an estimated 60,000 people at his general audience this morning (short video, full video).

The Archbishop of San Salvador has closed a human rights office that has documented abuses in El Salvador since 1982, according to local media reports.

A priest has resigned from the board of one of Ireland’s largest Catholic-run hospitals after officials agreed to perform abortions.

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Boko Haram’s attacks have increased in “sophistication and ferocity“, Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama, president of the Nigerian bishops’ conference, has said.

Jimmy Akin, Fr Ray Blake, Andrew Brown, Sister Anne Flanagan, Russell Moore, the Sensible Bond and Fr John Zuhlsdorf respond to the Pope’s interview with La Reppublica.

And the Pope has phoned Carlo Petrini, founder of the Slow Food movement, to congratulate him on his “amazing” work (Italian report).

Follow me on Twitter @lukecoppen for updates throughout the day

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